My Run At The Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competition

Late last month I competed in the Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competition at GameStop (New York). The winner gets to compete against 7 other winners at Nintendo NY. Needless to say, I was excited to go to this.

Since only the first 32 people could sign up for the New York competition so I showed up at around 5:30 in the morning. It was freezing but it was worth it.


Between 7 and 8 AM, the crowd showed up. The line was a few times over the max capacity of entrants.


The Pokkén line started with me. The people on the left were waiting for sneakers.

At 10:00 they let us in and I was the first to sign up. I wanted to get some practice in (since it’s been a while since I played Pokkén at Dave & Buster’s) but that wasn’t allowed so I decided to fuel up with breakfast at a Taco Bell a few doors down.

At 11 AM it was game time. I started off rusty but I held my own. There we’re times it seemed I was done for but my Pikachu pulled it through. I made it to the semi-finals where I would have to battle Rio, a Gengar player who performed about as well as I did.

This match was quite a fun one to play. I as you can see in the video. I made quite a comeback in round two. I found myself watching this match over and over for a bit.

The final match was against Jeff, who uses a very amazing Weavile. He made me have to switch to Charizard and that threw him off. Jeff won the last game (with a perfect in the final round). He went on to represent New York in the Early Access finals at Nintendo NY, which he won, of course.

Pokkén Early Access is not the last you will see of me. You will definitely see more of me in the next few months.

MAGFest 2016


This year’s MAGFest was quite different from my other years I went. That is mainly because this year I decided to volunteer.

I spent all of my volunteer work on the Games on Film festival. On one of the shifts hosted the Bagged and Bored. Otherwise it’s pretty much me making sure everything is running while the movie is playing.

I also came back to MAGFest Pokemon League to defend my title from last year. I didn’t get to repeat but I had a good time.

Also I got to room with some cool people. The antic inside the room matched what happened at MAGFest!


Of course there was the always-running arcade and the Cosplay (I cosplayed as Ryu). Fun overall.

Looking forward to next year!